Essex The hamlet of Essex, N. Y., has announced its plans for The Magic of Christmas in Essex to be held on Saturday, December 1.
The day will begin at 9:15 a.m. when Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Adirondack Art Association building, across from the blinking light, via horse-drawn carriage. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then proceed to the Essex Firehouse where their friends and admirers can join them for a free pancake breakfast.
Other events include the Community Church bazaar and luncheon (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), the Whallonsburg Grange bazaar (check with the grange for the hours), the “Reindeer Run,” a free fun run for both kids for adults (12:45 to 1:15 p.m.) that starts and finishes at LiveWell on Main Street, and the holiday cookie contest at the Essex Ice Cream Café (2 to 2:45 p.m.). First prize in the cookie contest is $50; contestants must drop off by cookies 1:45 p.m.
Several events will be held over extended hours. From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., holiday vendors will be set up in the Adirondack Art Association building offering jewelry, ornaments, hand-woven Adirondack baskets, legendary biscotti, paintings, wreaths & kissing balls, baked goods, pottery, glass and other local crafts. From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Fabulous Holiday Photo Booth will operate at the Essex Ice Cream Café. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Belden Noble Library will hold its silent auction with twelve baskets of exciting items donated by local businesses and residents.
The day wraps up with a reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” by Steven Kellogg in the Belden Noble Library at 4 p.m. and the lighting of the tree in front of the town hall at 5:15 p.m.
Local shops including the Pink Pig, Neighborhood Nest, Essex Ice Cream Café, Cupola House, LiveWell, and ReNew will be open throughout the day, offering holiday gifts and gift certificates. Lunch and dinner will be available at the Essex Inn, with live holiday music and festive seasonal drinks available in the evening.
The Magic of Christmas in Essex is sponsored by the Town of Essex and by Essex Initiatives.